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How life writes the book : real socialism and socialist realism in Stalin's Russia

Author: Thomas Lahusen
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1997.
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"This remarkable volume is at once a history of a book and an attempt to come to terms with the traumatic experience of a man and his generation. Thomas Lahusen was doing research on Far from Moscow, a classic socialist realist novel by a writer named Vasilii Azhaev, when he made an astonishing discovery. Azhaev had assembled an extensive personal archive integrating his personal history with the political history  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Lahusen, Thomas.
How life writes the book.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1997
(DLC) 97019261
Named Person: Vasiliĭ Azhaev; Vasiliĭ Azhaev; Vasiliĭ Azhaev; Vasiliĭ Azhaev; Vasiliĭ Azhaev; Vasilij N Ažaev
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Lahusen
ISBN: 0801433940 9780801433948 0801484235 9780801484230
OCLC Number: 298105045
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 247 pages) : illustrations, maps
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Responsibility: Thomas Lahusen.

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"This remarkable volume is at once a history of a book and an attempt to come to terms with the traumatic experience of a man and his generation. Thomas Lahusen was doing research on Far from Moscow, a classic socialist realist novel by a writer named Vasilii Azhaev, when he made an astonishing discovery. Azhaev had assembled an extensive personal archive integrating his personal history with the political history of his time. Drawing on the archive, Lahusen reconstructs the genesis, writing, reworking, and reception of the Stalin Prize novel. He leads us from a forced labor camp to the highest reaches of the Soviet literary bureaucracy and back again, in the process helping us better to understand the failure of the bold Soviet effort to integrate literature and life, utopia and reality." "Blending historical analysis, fiction, biography, and even autobiography, Lahusen gives us an unrivaled picture of the vicissitudes of literature and life in Stalin's Russia. The volume includes an array of rare illustrations depicting moments in Azhaev's life and that of his generation. The result is a book that frames in new and provocative ways the questions that continue to baffle and terrify anyone who seriously contemplates the Stalinist era."--Jacket.

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